Step-Parent Adoption

Keeping Families Close

Ready to become the legal parent of your stepchild? When you adopt your spouse’s child in California, you’ll be taking a huge step, gaining all the same rights and responsibilities of a biological parent. If you are leaning towards adoption, keep in mind that the other biological parent may try to stop the process, because it will involve terminating their parental rights. You should absolutely get a competent lawyer to guide you through the adoption procedures.

A few basic requirements for stepparent adoption:

  • You must be the spouse or domestic partner of the child’s custodial parent.
  • You must be a legal adult and at least 10 years older than the child you’re adopting.
  • If the child is 12 or older, you must have his or her legal consent to be adopted.

When it comes to stepparent adoption—and many other legal issues, for that matter—you’ll need to dot your i’s and cross your t’s, so to speak. That’s where our family law attorneys come in. With our expertise and our close attention to detail, we will make sure your case is free of the usual risks and mistakes that can get in the way of your desire to adopt.

Contact The Grey Legal Group for one-on-one guidance throughout the adoption process. Our local family lawyers will make sure you always know what to expect.